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Ren Fail. 2019 Nov;41(1):750-761. doi: 10.1080/0886022X.2019.1643737.

Diabetes aggravates renal ischemia and reperfusion injury in rats by exacerbating oxidative stress, inflammation, and apoptosis.

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Department of Urology, Renmin Hospital of Wuhan University , Wuhan , Hubei , P.R. China.


Diabetic patients are more susceptible to renal ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury (RI/RI) and have a poor prognosis, but the underlying mechanism remains unclear. The present study aimed to examine whether diabetes could worsen acute kidney injury induced by I/R in rats and clarify its mechanism. Control and streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats were subjected to 45 min renal pedicle occlusion followed by 24 h reperfusion. Tert-butylhydroquinone (TBHQ, 16.7 mg/kg) was administrated intraperitoneally 3 times at intervals of 8 h before ischemia. Serum and kidneys were harvested after reperfusion to evaluate renal function and histological injury. Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays were used to test pro-inflammatory cytokines. Terminal deoxynucleotidyl-transferase-mediated dUTP nick-end labeling assays were used to detect apoptotic cells, and western blotting was performed to determine the expression of B-cell lymphoma-2 (Bcl-2), Bcl-2-associated X protein (Bax), and cleaved caspase-3, as well as oxidative stress and inflammation-related proteins, such as nuclear factor-erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2), heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1), Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4), and nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB). Compared with control animals, diabetic rats undergoing I/R exhibited more severe tubular damage and renal dysfunction. Diabetes exacerbated oxidative stress, the inflammatory response, and apoptosis after renal I/R by enhancing TLR4/NF-κB signaling and blocking the Nrf2/HO-1 pathway. RI/RI in diabetic rats was attenuated by pretreatment with TBHQ (a Nrf2 agonist), which exerted anti-inflammatory and anti-apoptotic properties by inhibiting NF-κB signaling. These findings indicate that hyperglycemia exacerbates RI/RI by intensifying oxidative stress, inflammation, and apoptosis. Antioxidant pretreatment may alleviate RI/RI in diabetic patients.


Diabetes mellitus; acute kidney injury; apoptosis; inflammation; ischemia-reperfusion; oxidative stress

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